Lake Travis - Westlake Edition | June 2021

DINING FEATURE The Lighthouse

BY GREG PERLISKI

Restaurant & Lounge Landmark diner serves up diverse menu T he Lighthouse Restaurant & Lounge sits on an upper bend of Lake Travis near the

player with the local Austin Aztex professional soccer team, said he learned his approach to running the Lighthouse after spending 15 years working in the Central Texas restau- rant industry. He previously worked as general manager for Fore and McArthur’s, both former restaurants in nearby Lakeway. And with that experience, Martinez said, he has learned to balance not only his dierent sets of customers but also how those customers use the restaurant throughout the year. “Obviously in the winter that’s when the boaters are pretty scarce, so that’s when our regulars in the community help us through,” he said. “It’s pretty much 50-50 because in the summer, it’s all tourism. Our regulars don’t come as often because they know we will be rockin’ and rollin’. It’s a pretty cool balance.” Throughout the past year, Marti- nez said he has also reached out to his neighbors who live in the sur- rounding community to thank them for their support of his business. In response to both the COVID-19 pandemic and the historic February winter storm, he made food deliver- ies to area residents in need. “I turned this restaurant into a grocery store, and I was delivering to people who couldn’t leave their homes,” he said. “That’s one of the things we really love to do is to be part of the community and help out as much as possible.”

Pedernales River. But the landmark eatery is equally connected to the hungry neighbors of the surrounding community of Briarcli and campers at Pace Bend Park as it is to the waves of hungry boaters who dock at the adjacent marina and boat slips. The restaurant has been under the ownership of San Antonio native Robin Martinez since the spring of 2018 when he relaunched the loca- tion as The Lighthouse. He said since that time he has learned the seasonal ebbs and ows of his guests. As a result, he said he keeps a close eye on the restaurant menu to make sure it meets the needs of his diverse customer base. “What I’ve learned is that I have to keep my menu pretty dynamic if I want people to patronize the restaurant every single day,” he said. “This year we’ve been just slammin’, jammin’, so I’ve tightened down the menu, [but] it’s still a dynamic menu.” And by dynamic, he said he means the menu covers a range of tastes and culinary styles of cooking. Well represented are regional dishes, from queso and street tacos to more adventurous choices such as teriyaki bowls and coconut shrimp to traditional Cuban sandwiches. And for the hearty appetites, there are traditional plates of chicken-fried steak or chicken.Martinez, a former

Lighthouse owner Robin Martinez and his wife, Samantha, recently completed an expansion of the deck overlooking upper Lake Travis. Samantha is the restaurant’s service manager. (Courtesy Robin Martinez/Community Impact Newspaper)

DINNERWITHAVIEW The Lighthouse Restaurant & Lounge recently upgraded its 4,400-square-foot outdoor deck with views of Lake Travis. Included in the upgrade are: • Bar with space for 35 patrons • Four 50-inch atscreen televisions • Fully water-misted with more than 500 feet of tubing • Live music stage

The recently expanded deck at the Lighthouse oers an outdoor bar and performance stage. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Lighthouse Restaurant &Lounge 513 Sleat Drive, Briarcli 512-213-1313 https://thelighthouseonthelake.com Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-10 p.m, Sat. 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

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